Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Art and Place
Which leads me to the question- how much does the place you live affect your art? If I used the art fair as an indicator, I'd say quite a bit. My own poetry has taken on shades of anger at the economic decline around me and a tinge of despair. If I were in the bright sun of the Mediterranean, I suspect my themes would be different but perhaps the industrial decline suits my temperament. When I close my eyes, I can still see the icy edged sidewalks of winter and we're almost in the middle of a hot July. I remember the line of an old poem I wrote about a town in Mexico I'd visited - "with no future, but a fruitful past." Of course, there is a future here but will it ever compare to the early 1900's?
Tomorrow I have the priviledge to participate in a poetry reading with John Roche. Please check out his new book- "Road Ghosts".